Neural DSP at Guitar Showcase 2022: the Tone King Imperial MKII – a crowning accomplishment

Neural DSP Tone King Imperial MKII plugin
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

GUITAR SHOWCASE 2022: Neural DSP has become the go-to name for guitarists that want meticulously-crafted, intuitive and powerful plugins. 

Now the celebrated Tone King Imperial MKII plugin captures astonishingly authentic vintage tones in a modern package. Offering an array of detailed effects and gorgeous, responsive tube tones, it tackles clean and edge-of-breakup tones like no other plugin.

Elsewhere, Neural DSP’s Archetype range has been designed in collaboration with some of the world’s best innovative and boundary-pushing guitarists. It places beautifully nuanced renderings of artist’s go-to gear into your hands – including collaborations with John Petrucci, Gojira’s Joe Duplantier and Polyphia’s Tim Henson.

Want to hear the results? Step this way…

Tone King Imperial MKII

Balancing iconic vintage characteristics and innovation is a paradox very few can reconcile. Tone King is one of the most remarkable examples of this in the world of tube amplifiers. 

It is packed with gorgeous clean and crunch tones reminiscent of the most iconic era. However, it also comprises unique features like its built-in reactive attenuator – all painstakingly modeled to replicate every sonic nuance.   

This amplifier was designed to delight and inspire, and we are proud to present the Tone King Imperial MKII Suite.

Archetype: Petrucci

John Petrucci has been at the forefront of progressive and guitar music for decades, redefining what is expected of a modern guitarist.

Distilling what has been a remarkable career into the perfect software tool for someone as demanding as John was one of the most formidable challenges we have ever faced as a team.

It is with immense pride that we present you Archetype: Petrucci. Featuring four incredible amplifiers rigorously designed to deliver every nuance of John’s tone, an array of effects and even a built-in metronome. 

Archetype: Gojira

The heaviest plugin in the universe. Packed with all the coveted tones by one of metal’s most crushing guitarists - Gojira’s Joe Duplantier.

Archetype: Gojira covers as vast a ground as the bands’ iconic compositions. From clean, mellow ambient sounds to the most obliterating high gain, Archetype: Gojira provides enough options for you to create your own iconic sounds.

Featuring three amplifiers, a comprehensive cabsim and eight effects – all meticulously tweaked with Joe Duplantier.

Archetype: Tim Henson

Everything about Tim Henson is distinct. His artistic identity is defined by an unrelenting pursuit of his own aesthetics. His Archetype plugin reflects that same need to obliterate the cutting edge.

Archetype: Tim Henson offers an intelligent Multivoicer algorithm allows you to add 4 pitch shifted voices on top of your signal, three stunning amps (acoustic, rhythm and lead) and six effects.

It’s all wrapped in a beautiful, yet distinctly clean GUI that looks (almost) as good as it sounds.


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